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Seattle Mariners claim IF Michael Freeman off waivers from Arizona Diamondbacks

By The Sports Xchange
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The Seattle Mariners claimed infielder Michael Freeman off waivers Monday from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

To make room on the major league 40-man roster, infielder Patrick Kivlehan was designated for assignment. The Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or outright the contract of Kivlehan to the minors.

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Freeman, who turns 29 on Thursday, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Freeman hit .317 with six triples, one home run and 24 RBIs in 88 games with Triple-A Reno this season. He appeared at second base (71 games), center field (11, right field (7), left field (5) and first base (4) with Reno.

In eight games with the Diamondbacks this season, Freeman was 0-for-9 with two walks. In parts of seven minor league seasons with the Diamondbacks, Freeman hit .290 with 15 home runs and 255 RBIs in 716 games.

Freeman was originally selected in the 11th round of the 2010 draft out of Clemson University.

Kivlehan, 26, has split the season with Triple-A Round Rock and Tacoma, combining to hit .242 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs.

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On May 29, Kivlehan was acquired from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later. In parts of five minor league seasons, Kivlehan is a career .281 hitter with 79 home runs and 359 RBIs in 541 games.

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